We traveled for two weeks on our return trip from Pinedale, Wyoming to Tucson, Arizona... many miles, and great visits with family and friends.
This is quite a long post, with many photos...
|The motorhome backed out and ready to roll!|
|A "thumbs up," and goodbye to Warren Bridge Campground!|
After dropping off the keys and our summer supplies at the BLM office, we hit the road. Good traveling until west of Laramie, and then we drove for a couple of hours in snow!
Turned to rain by the time we got near Ft. Collins, Colorado. The drive and poor weather conditions were worth it for a bit of time with son, Loren! We parked at the Elk's Lodge, and Loren came for a visit and, of course, breakfast burritos!
Next stop was North
Platte, Nebraska! Time to catch up with our youngest son, Ryan, and his family there. And, to meet our new grand-daughter! We had a wonderful visit, and sure wish we could all be together more often!
Our first morning there, Ryan came by with the three youngest while Kate was at work and Lucy was in school. Little airplanes were a hit!
|Adorable granddaughter, Zelie!|
|Ignatius, Lucy, Obie... baby Zelie held by Ryan|
Putting together airplanes with Grandpa
|Fun visit and lunch with Kate & Ryan, while older two in school!|
It was soon time to say goodbye and head south to Rexford, Kansas for a visit with Tom's aunt and cousin there! We had good visits and meals together... thanks to all for the meals and hospitality!
|Tom and Joan|
|Sharla & Dwight|
|Tom and Sharla... special cousins!|
|Have enjoyed time in the kitchen with Kayla since she was just a little girl!|
|Weston... this is a necklace he made.|
He does some beautiful work!
|Having some good German food at Edelweiss.|
|Fun to see "Dan's Shop"|
Dan & Barbara were our across-the-road neighbors for our four years in Roswell, 2008-2012... and for several years I worked for them at Family Furniture. Fun to visit and catch up a bit... thanks for lunch, and for returning the Christmas Cactus and yard art you had saved for us!
|Rockhounding buddies, Tom and Jeri :)|
|Music festival buddies... Dianne, Tom, Bill, Nancy|
Always a good time
with Nancy & Bill... our summers in Wyoming keep us from the music festivals with them that we have so enjoyed in the past.
Again, one day!
We made one last stop... this time in Midland, Texas with Tom's brother, Rob, and his family. Just couldn't figure a time we would be any closer, and it had been way too long since we were together... so good to see everyone, and "meet" Rae's son, Aiden. We parked at a nearby rv park and ran back and forth daily... delicious enchiladas by Sydney our first evening! The next day started off with breakfast burritos, a deli meat/cheese lunch, and fabulous smoked ribs for dinner! We never cooked while in Midland... we were treated royally! Thanks, y'all!
|Tom and Rob... brothers together again, and always fun!|
|Rae, and her son, Aiden, Sydney, Athena... special nieces!|
|Breakfast before saying goodbye... Aiden, Rae, Sydney, Athena,|
Dianne, Tom, Rob, Rebecca. Special time together!
Our drive from Midland to Tucson included a stop in a rest area just west of Deming, NM to sleep. Headed on home early the next morning, and arrived to blue skies and warm temps... so beautiful back in the desert!
|The beautiful, welcoming view from our back yard!!!|
So grateful to Carol & Jeff for having us to dinner after a busy day of unloading the rig and getting settled in our home again! Thank you, friends!
October finished out with getting organized, lots of time sitting on our patio and taking in the views and soaking up the warm weather! Tom began the project to partially enclose our carport... materials delivered and a great start!
Will be wonderful when completed... added privacy and shade! Once that's done, on to the fence project!
And, finally... on Monday, October 30th... Anna, and her 9-year-old son, Viggo, arrived from Sweden! For those who don't know, Anna was an exchange student with our family in Fallbrook, CA in 1988. Nathalie, from the Netherlands, was with us for the entire school year 1987-88, and Anna joined us for the spring semester. Both girls returned in 1990 for Brian's high school graduation, and moved with us to Colorado, staying into the summer. Nathalie and her finance, Wybren, visited in 2001, but I had not seen Anna since 1990.
|Anna and Viggo @ Pima Air & Space Museum|
It WILL happen!💗💗
It's been wonderful to be with Anna again after all these years! There has been much catching up this week... visiting, looking at old photo albums, tapping her Ikea decorating expertize, touring, etc.!
|Dianne and Anna. Staying connected is a wonderful thing!|
Viggo carved a pumpkin with Tom and went trick-or-treating, U.S. style at a few of our neighbors' homes, and a nearby a "Trunk Or Treat" event at a nearby church!
|Silly Tom and Viggo|
|Anna and Dianne... hearts don't forget!|
|Then it was time to wash the rental car and say goodbye :(|
****Be ready, Nathalie, Wybren, Sarah and Bram, also!💕💕
Be well, everyone!
Fondly, Dianne & Tom